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National Ice Cream Day brings free ice cream, deals and contests Sunday

National Ice Cream Day brings free ice cream, deals and contests SundayNational Ice Cream Day brings freebies, deals and contests to PetSmart, Dippin' Dots, Carvel, Godiva and more Sunday, July 21.



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US heatwave: National Weather Service bakes biscuits inside hot car in safety warning about leaving children or pets

US heatwave: National Weather Service bakes biscuits inside hot car in safety warning about leaving children or petsThe National Weather Service has baked biscuits inside a hot car, in a safety message about the peril of leaving children or pets inside a vehicle.As a heatwave takes grip of large swathe of the US, with up to 200m people expected to be affected by a heat index of up to 115f degrees (46c), the officials performed the experiment inside a car in Nebraska to show how hot vehicles can become when left unattended. To demonstrate the dangers, the NWS staff set about baking the biscuits in the city of Omaha, using only heat from the sun.“If you are wondering if it’s going to be hot today, we are attempting to bake biscuits using only the sun and a car in our parking lot,” NWS Omaha said on Twitter. “We will keep you posted with the progress.”CNN said four biscuits were placed on a baking sheet on the dashboard of a car and left to sit in the sun. After 60 minutes, the pan had reached 175.2f (80c) and the tops of the biscuits reached 153f. The back seat registered 120.4f in the shade.It said, four hours later, the tops of the biscuits were nearly finished baking, but the bottoms remained doughy.The car had to be turned around to adjust for the changing angle of the sun.> Biscuits are starting to get a slightly golden tinge to them. pic.twitter.com/ptL24RHQfs> > — NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) > > July 18, 2019The experiment was carried out to warn people about the dangers of leaving children or pets inside vehicles, even for for a short period of time. US summers frequently come with stories of tragic deaths as a result of a toddler or baby being left in a car.CBS News said six people had died in connection with the heat – four people in Maryland, one in Arizona, and another in Arkansas.Several events were cancelled in New York City, including OZY Fest and the NYC Triathlon.The NWS said the east coast and midwest are likely to see temperatures in the upper 90s, combined with high humidity. Experts are urging people to limit their time outside and drink lots of water. Cities in Vermont and New Hampshire are opening shelters where people can cool off. Some power outages have been reported in Philadelphia and after storms in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Police in Braintree, Massachusetts, asked residents “to hold off” all criminal activity until the extreme heat is over.“Folks. Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday,” the department wrote on Facebook. “It is straight up hot as soccer balls out there. Conducting criminal activity, in this extreme heat is next level henchmen status, and also very dangerous.”Additional reporting by Associated Press



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National Weather Service bakes biscuits in scorching van during heat wave

National Weather Service bakes biscuits in scorching van during heat waveWhile the middle of the biscuit remained doughy, the outside was "actually edible," meteorologists said.



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Mexican government watchdog concerned about National Guard's detaining migrants

Mexican government watchdog concerned about National Guard's detaining migrantsMexico’s newly created National Guard has detained U.S.-bound migrants and the government should make public the rules governing their power to curb immigration, the head of the government’s human rights ombudsman said on Monday. The National Guard is a security force created by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to bring down record homicide rates.



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Fourth of July 2019: What is the history behind America’s biggest national holiday?

Fourth of July 2019: What is the history behind America’s biggest national holiday?Americans celebrate the Fourth of July every year, with 2019 marking the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the United States.An occasion for parties, barbecues, fireworks and, under Donald Trump, tank displays and Air Force flyovers, this is the most significant national holiday in the American calendar, an unabashed expression of patriotic pride.For the unitiated, here’s everything you need to know. What is it?The occasion honours the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Founding Fathers on 4 July 1776.In putting quill to parchment, these 56 statesmen – Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin among them – renounced the British Empire and pronounced the North American colonies free states.A modern superpower was born. What’s the story behind it?The British Empire had built a commanding presence in the New World since Sir Walter Raleigh led the first attempts to establish settlements on the east coast in the late Elizabethan era.By the 18th century, North America was governed from London and comprised of the Thirteen Colonies, consisting of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations.Primarily agricultural lands, the Thirteen Colonies were exploited by their imperial rulers for their resources, particularly the territories’ lucrative tobacco crops. While relations between settlers and the Crown were initially amicable, tensions began to escalate under King George III over opposition to the imposition of British laws and taxes, notably the Stamp Act. A growing spirit of nationalism swelled among the native-born. By 1765, Americans began to demand an end to “taxation without representation”, calling for their voices to be heard in the Houses of Parliament.Acts of dissent followed, notably the Boston Tea Party in 1773. A protest against the Tea Act, which gave the East India Company a monopoly, the incident saw a group known as the Sons of Liberty dressed as Native Americans dump an entire shipment of imported British tea leaves into the city’s harbour.The demonstration was both a gleeful satire of the ruling power’s obsession with its national beverage and a call to arms against the decadence and entitlement of empire.Further ill-feeling was fostered by the Coercive Acts, known as the “Intolerable Acts” among American Patriots, which retracted Massachusetts’ semi-independence as punishment for the Tea Party humiliation.Two Continental Congresses were staged bringing together delegates from the Thirteen Colonies to coordinate the resistance. At the second meeting in Philadelphia in 1775, the Declaration of Independence was signed and the American War of Independence declared, with open combat erupting in Concord, Massachusetts, that April. The conflict would rage for eight years, until the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.The declaration was drafted by the Committee of Five – Jefferson, Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston – and established citizens’ “unalienable” rights, observing that “all men are created equal” and enshrining the individual’s entitlement to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.The draft was submitted to Congress on 28 June 1776, voted into law on 2 July and formally ratified on 4 July, a date that has been celebrated by patriotic Americans ever since. It was first published in The Pennsylvania Evening Post two days later. How has it been celebrated through history? The first readings of the Declaration were made in Philadelphia squares and met with bonfires and the ringing of bells.In Bristol, Rhode Island, a salute of 13 gunshots in the morning and evening marked the day in 1777, the country’s first formal 4 July celebration and a point of pride in the town to this day, which has held an annual parade since 1785. In 1778, George Washington, then a general in the revolutionary army, issued his troops with a double rum ration to cheer the day. The first recorded music commemorating independence was the “Psalm of Joy”, written by Johann Friedrich Peter in Salem, North Carolina, in 1783. Congress made the day an unpaid national holiday for federal workers in 1870 but it has been a paid vacation since 1938. How do people celebrate it today?All major cities hail 4 July with spectacular fireworks displays, the White House giving its own.The occasion is otherwise marked in towns across America with picnics, baseball games, marches, brass brands playing John Philip Sousa and performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.As a national holiday, it also serves as an occasion for family reunions and vacations.



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Trump facing criticism for July Fourth celebration as tanks arrive on National Mall

Trump facing criticism for July Fourth celebration as tanks arrive on National MallArmored vehicles, bombers and military jets will be featured at the 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C.; Ellison Barber reports on the preparations and reaction.



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Democrat Buttigieg proposes expanded national service plan to unify country

Democrat Buttigieg proposes expanded national service plan to unify countryDemocratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is proposing a massive expansion of national service programs in a bid to help unify Americans and bring people from different backgrounds together. Buttigieg, 37, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a military veteran, is due to unveil the plan during a speech on Wednesday in Iowa, where the Democratic nominating contest kicks off in February. “National service can help us to form connections between very different kinds of Americans, as was my experience in the military,” Buttigieg, who deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as part of the Navy Reserve, said in a news release ahead of the speech.



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Harris surges to third place in national poll after debate

Harris surges to third place in national poll after debateHarris’ surge came largely at former Vice President Joe Biden’s expense.



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How Trump’s lies could lead to ‘catastrophic war’ with Iran, according to national security experts

How Trump’s lies could lead to ‘catastrophic war’ with Iran, according to national security expertsThe morning after Donald Trump called off a retaliatory strike on Iran for shooting down an unmanned US drone, rumours circulated claiming the president was watching Fox News’ Tucker Carlson when he abruptly made the decision to stop the military action in its tracks.Those unverified claims turned out to be false — Mr Carlson’s show began at 8pm, shortly after the president halted the strike — but the fact that they were believed by so many who shared them across social media spoke to an issue increasingly concerning US officials.Multiple nuclear and national security experts told The Independent the day after Mr Trump called off the strikes that, while the president may have temporarily eased tensions with Iran, his misleading information about the country’s nuclear deal is “misguided,” “counterproductive” and could lead to broader international conflict. The president has frequently received information that “is not fact based” and “has no resemblance to what is actually happening in the world,” in a pattern that “has led to both unsteady and unreliable actions … to the detriment of American security,” according to Jon Wolfsthal, former senior director for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Security Council under Barack Obama.The former official said Mr Trump has denied the facts about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement reached in 2015 commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, which ended sanctions against the country in exchange for restrictions towards its nuclear programme.“The president continues to lie about what the [Iran Nuclear Deal] did and how the US engaged Iran under President Obama,” Mr Wolfsthal told The Independent on Friday. “It is clear he does not understand what the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did, does or what he wants to achieve with respect to Iran. In fact, it is not clear to any one what American goals are for Iran under President Trump.”Mr Trump unleashed a series of angry tweets on Friday morning, describing the nuclear deal as “desperate” and “terrible” while claiming his predecessor’s administration gave Iran “150 Billion Dollars [£118bn] plus 1.8 Billion Dollars [£1.4bn] in CASH!” “On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters,” he continued. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”> President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH! Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled…..> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > June 21, 2019Officials immediately disputed the president’s misleading claims, including Matthew Bunn, a Harvard professor and member of the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, who said “it’s crucial to turn down the temperature to avoid a catastrophic war that neither side appears to want.”“All of these false or misleading statements have been gone through at some length when Trump first pulled out of the Iran deal,” Mr Bunn told The Independent. “The United States did not ‘give’ Iran any money. Instead, Iranian assets that had been frozen as part of sanctions were released — it was money that belonged to the Iranians. And when all was said and done it was much less than $ 150bn (£118bn).” Despite many officials refuting the president’s claims surrounding the nuclear deal, several who spoke to The Independent said it remains unclear whether or not he was right about the US drone being taken down over international waters, rather than in Iranian air space, as the country has suggested. “I take the US military at their word that this drone did not enter Iranian air space and was shot down in international waters,” Mr Wolfsthal said. “I would not be surprised to learn, however, that other US surveillance assets have penetrated Iranian airspace or that Iran does not have all of the equipment needed to keep accurate track of its airspace.”Mr Trump appeared to walk back threats of an aggressive military response on Thursday when he suggested a “loose and stupid” Iranian officer may have attacked the drone, adding “it would have made a big, big difference” if the drone had been manned. The theory that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was not involved in ordering the drone strike was supported in part by Mr Bunn, who said “with tensions this high, things can happen that neither leader directed.”Martin Malin, a nonproliferation expert and executive director of the project on managing the atom at the Belfer Centre, told The Independent “the president exercised healthy caution in reversing the order to attack Iran.”“Diplomats on both sides are looking for a way out of the crisis,” he added. “The focus ought to be on deescalating tensions in the Persian Gulf region, which will inevitably require having not only Iran at the table, but also Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.”> Sanctions on Iran is economic terrorism. We will respond to it by all means necessary. Today’s crisis stems from Washington’s withdrawal from JCPOA, and obstructing real diplomatic overtures. But this process is reversible. Every tangible constructive step will be met in kind.> > — Hesameddin Ashena (@hesamodin1) > > June 21, 2019“The Trump administration has the leverage to bring about regional discussions that could end the crisis, ensure that the Gulf remains open to shipping, and open the way to broader confidence building in the region,” he added.”Early Friday morning, Hesameddin Ashena, a top adviser to the Iranian president, tweeted a statement calling sanctions on Iran “economic terrorism.” He said the country would respond to sanctions threatened after the US drone strike “by all means necessary,” before describing the conflict as “reversible.” “Every tangible constructive step will be met in kind,” he said. Mr Trump has not laid out a plan to address the burgeoning conflict with Iran, nor has he hinted at what potential military action could occur if the country were to continue targeting US assets. If Americans and their allies continue to lack confidence in the president’s assessment of international developments, experts said the result could lead to increased distrust in the administration’s response to conflicts like the one that occurred this week.



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Mexico says National Guard deployment is complete

Mexico says National Guard deployment is completeMexico has completed its deployment of 6,000 National Guard agents to help control the flow of migrants headed toward the U.S. and filled 650 immigration agency posts to regulate border crossings, the government said Friday. The announcement by foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard comes as Mexico puts into effect a deal on irregular immigration reached with Washington to head off stiff tariffs that President Donald Trump threatened to slap on all imports from Mexico.



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